Magic halo of opinions

August 2, 2015
Irfan Chowdhury
Magic halo of opinions

Folklore has it that to settle an argument with a friend that children would like to read about, the Australian artist Norman Lindsay produced a children’s illustrated book, The Magic Pudding, with food and fighting rather than fairies. Now a term widely known and used, the title refers to a pudding that, no matter...
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Privatisation: A principal principle?

September 15, 2014
Irfan Chowdhury
Privatisation: A principal principle?

Suffering unabating influenza and incessant coughs made me realise that, no matter how good the treatment
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Rent seekers, is the world your oyster?

July 26, 2014
Irfan Chowdhury
Rent seekers, is the world your oyster?

Unsure of the situation, when faced with the prospect of getting educated to earn a living, many of us chose to sail out of the country
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Democracy and development

April 2, 2014
Irfan Chowdhury
Democracy and development

In a few days India goes to the polls. Geopolitics and related interests aside the sheer number of its prospective voters, over 800 million set to choose
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Pakistan is rightly told off, but…

December 21, 2013
Irfan Chowdhury
Pakistan is rightly told off, but…

It is audacious and off limits, and importantly it shouldn’t have been an issue for them to be concerned. Specially if, as often claimed, they wanted ‘the relationship’ between
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Can’t take you on face value

October 29, 2013
Irfan Chowdhury
Can’t take you on face value

Has there ever been a time when politicians (or their equivalent in prehistoric times) could be trusted, taken on their words? I do not know the answer.
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Not for the faint hearted

September 27, 2013
Irfan Chowdhury
Not for the faint hearted

Perhaps to preserve a true larrikin trait Australians are often light-hearted about serious matters. Nothing captures this more exactly than when it comes to their involvement in politics and the affairs of those in power.
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Egypt and the ‘opportunistic’ intelligentsia

August 20, 2013
Irfan Chowdhury
Egypt and the ‘opportunistic’ intelligentsia

Growing up in a traditional Chittagonian family meant that, before the age of seven, I had finished the Quran, by virtue of attending a dawn madrassa
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Poverty in the time of economic growth

July 27, 2013
Irfan Chowdhury
Poverty in the time of economic growth

Development is often used as a buzz word by politicians, leaders, philanthropists, businesses and multinational conglomerates to showcase achievement.
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Pakistan election: a test of a ‘third force’

May 12, 2013
Irfan Chowdhury
Pakistan election: a test of a ‘third force’

Those of us who long to see the emergence of a ‘third force’ could do worse than to observe the election in Pakistan. The election being held has already proven
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Masters and slaves

April 29, 2013
Irfan Chowdhury
Masters and slaves

We have been here before, and only recently. The callousness with which we have shrugged off the last incident will help us to forget this one too. Media is abuzz.
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Prisoners of misinformation

March 29, 2013
Irfan Chowdhury
Prisoners of misinformation

A child’s future is potentially decided before it is born, even conceived: its race, religion, socio-economic status. As it grows up, it can reshape some of this future
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Imran Khan: Can he do it?

January 25, 2013
Irfan Chowdhury
Imran Khan: Can he do it?

If you are old enough to remember his cricketing prowess, you would trust the man to deliver you joyous wins, even wins from the precipice of defeat and against mighty opponents.
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Ominous optimism?

January 10, 2013
Irfan Chowdhury
Ominous optimism?

Another year slipped by, good or bad or both; it has passed. Could there be some value in looking back? If nothing else, the year’s lessons might assist in predicting what is to come.
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An illusory comfort

November 28, 2012
Irfan Chowdhury
An illusory comfort

How much is a life worth? Not much, if you happen to be in a developing over-populated region, where high unemployment pushes citizens, specially the unskilled and lowly skilled, to accept any jobs ignoring the perils embodied in these jobs.
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